The comparative diversity of the Democratic Party is fully on display in Charlotte.
When Concerned Veterans for America polled U.S. military veterans last month to learn more about their top concerns, the economy and the national debt overwhelmingly topped the list. Seventy-two percent of vets cited these as their top issues for 2012.
French enlightenment writer Voltaire once wrote that “It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” This narrative is playing out for the fall election, as voters face two presidential candidates with vastly different philosophies on the role of government.
Looking back to the 2008 campaign, then-Senator Obama touted his services as a community organizer as a qualification for public office. With little or no effort done by the media to track the impact that his organizing had on the lives of those he tried to help, many voters were left with the impression that his work did some good for those who needed help. But had his record been scrutinized, we would have learned that community organizers don’t actually solve problems.
As the eyes of the political world turn to Charlotte this week for the Democratic National convention, speculation about the fate of North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes on Nov. 6 continues. Depending on who you ask or which electoral map you’re consulting, the Tar Heel State is a safe bet for Mitt Romney one day and a toss-up the next; one week it’s the moderate “New South” and the next it’s leaning back toward its Deep South neighbors. In 21 of the 22 polls conducted by Public Policy Polling since the 2010 election, President Obama and Romney have been within 3 points of each other, and several other recent polls show a statistical dead heat. One certainty remains: North Carolina’s status as THE battleground state to watch is here to stay.
My grandfather used to say, “Don’t tell me your priorities. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you your priorities.” So, let’s compare the Obama-Biden record in three critical areas — Medicare, taxes and veterans — with what is in the Romney-Ryan budget.
First Medicare, where there is perhaps no better contrast and choice facing Americans.
President Obama and Vice President Biden want to ensure Medicare is solvent for generations to come.
House Speaker John Boehner stated on a PBS NewsHour interview last week that he had “never read” a GOP party platform. Given the devastating
impact that this year’s platform would have on American workers, Boehner must be hoping that no one else bothers to read it either.
While GOP convention speeches offered few details on labor policy -- or on anything else – the 62-page "Restoring the American Dream" platform
provides a number of specific policies, all of which would mean weaker protections and lower wages for American workers. Not one proposal would
create jobs or otherwise help besieged workers.
During the 2012 Presidential contest, we have all learned one thing, Democrats and President Obama’s campaign are ready to fight and continue our nation’s economic recovery and not return to the Bush era policies that Governor Romney is touting that helped get our nation into the current economic mess that we are in today.
“Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless. We all must share in the sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth.” So said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in his Tuesday night Keynote address to the Republican National Convention, focusing mostly on the need to confront hard truths about America’s massive deficits and debt. He is absolutely right: real leadership at this moment requires forcing voters to confront facts that they would prefer to ignore. Unfortunately, this quality was almost totally missing from the speeches of the Republican candidates, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney.
Late last year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney proclaimed, “I favor gay rights.” Apparently Gov. Romney thinks he can simultaneously say he favors gay rights while also opposing any form of relationship recognition for same-sex couples and supporting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that bans marriage equality. He also opposes a federal law that would finally make it illegal in all 50 states to discriminate against gay and transgender workers.
With respect to marriage equality, civil unions, and workplace fairness, it is safe to say that Mitt Romney does not actually “favor gay rights.”
A few weeks ago, former New York Mayor Ed Koch told me that he had been so mad at President Obama earlier this year over his stance on Israel that he engineered the loss of Anthony Weiner's Democratic congressional seat to a Republican. "I had a falling out with President Obama when he announced that Israel has to go back to the ‘67 lines when it starts its negotiations with Palestinians," he said. "I decided that Obama was taking the Jews for granted, as far as their vote...they gave 78 percent of their entire vote and I wanted to send a message."